By William Hill
Last Updated: 6th November 2019
As soon as the draw was revealed for the Carabao Cup, the clamour was all around two fixtures – Liverpool v Arsenal and Chelsea v Manchester United.
Traditionally the competition always sees the bigger boys resting the big stars, and while Liverpool harbour bigger hopes domestically and at European level, the other aforementioned teams should see this as an opportunity to win some silverware.
Whether that materialises remains to be seen, but with pride at stake, there is bound to be plenty of drama on Wednesday night.
Fortress Anfield for Liverpool?
Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign continued with a come-from-behind win over Tottenham at the weekend and Jurgen Klopp’s side have certainly set the early pace.
A defeat to Napoli in the opening round of the Champions League fixtures aside, they look to have carried on where they left off last season.
They are likely to make plenty of changes against Arsenal, but the winning feeling hovering around Anfield since January 2018 is bound to play a part as they look to stretch their unbeaten home run to 40 games.
With the changes both sides are likely to make, you can rest assured there will be goals, and a Liverpool win and both teams to score can be backed at 19/10.
Emery hanging by a thread at Arsenal
Dropping points at the Emirates last weekend to the in-form Crystal Palace wasn’t even close to being the main talking point for Arsenal.
VAR drama and skipper Granit Xhaka’s antics proved to draw all the headlines and questions will be asked regarding whether Unai Emery is the man to take the Gunners forward.
Irrespective of the result against Liverpool, he’s unlikely to get the boot this soon, but further top-flight drama and he could be on his way.
Most managers often decide to play their fringe players in this competition, and Arsenal haven’t got a bad one – the £350,000-a-week Mesut Ozil.
He is likely to be thrust into the limelight at Anfield and may even have the captain’s armband. Whether he can lead by example remains to be seen, but he can be backed at 15/4 to get on the scoresheet.
Best chances of silverware for Chelsea or Man United?
Chelsea and Manchester United have always seemed to meet in cup competitions over the years and this is the fourth season on the spin that the pair will face off in cup action.
Since these two sides met on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, their respective fortunes have certainly reversed.
United have struggled now for some time, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having to rely on a number of youngsters to fill holes caused by injuries to key players and a number of high-profile departures.
They showed signs of promise in their 3-1 win at Norwich on Sunday, but Chelsea, on the other hand, have gone from strength-to-strength under Frank Lampard.
The Blues will be targeting an eighth successive win in all competitions as young guns like Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham continue to flourish.
Ironically, it’s the senior players like Olivier Giroud who may get a run out on Wednesday night, with the youngsters given a break.
Defence is neither side’s strength so you can expect goals again, with a Chelsea win and both teams to score boosted from 13/5 to 3/1.